FairPlay vouchers give free kick to recovering Queenslanders

October 24, 2020

Over 50,000 kids will get a $150 head start from a new $7.5 million investment in FairPlay vouchers under a re-elected Palaszczuk Labor Government.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the vouchers to cover sign on costs would be another helping hand for Queensland families.

“It has been a challenging year, but Queensland is on the road to recovery,” the Premier said.

“Because of Queensland’s strong health response, we were able to safely get kids back out on the field, playing sport with their friends.

“It also meant that sporting clubs and organisations were able to reopen their doors and get their staff back into work, creating jobs and re-energising local communities and local economies.

“Economies everywhere have been hit hard by the pandemic, which also impacts household budgets, so we’re doing what we can to support families.

“The $150 FairPlay Vouchers will help pressured families cover the cost of kids’ sport.

“Many families rely on FairPlay vouchers, and it’s important that everyone has a chance to play.

“The vouchers also support clubs to stay open for training to put teams on the field, which means employing locals to help manage club operations."

Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni said that the new funding was part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $51.3 million COVID Safe Restart Plan.

“When the pandemic shut down sport at the start of the year, the Palaszczuk Government acted quickly to listen to families, clubs, and industry to help the sport and recreation sector back onto its feet,” Mr de Brenni said.

“Together, we implemented COVID Safe Industry plans that meant that clubs could reopen their doors safely, without risking a second wave of the virus.

FairPlay vouchers were one of our immediate response measures to help keep community clubs alive, protect local jobs, and support Queensland’s economic recovery.

“The COVID Safe Restart Plan also included $2,000 grants for 3,800 community clubs, infrastructure support of up to $20,000 for over 1,750 organisations, and a $10.8 million package to support State-level organisations.”

For more information on the Restart Plan visit covid19.qld.gov.au/returntoplay